Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

New York

The Bar at Baccarat Hotel
The Bar at Baccarat Hotel is opulent and literally dripping with crystal; it’s a fine place for a Champagne cocktail or even a New York cider.
Spa Nalai
Spa Nalai is found in Midtown Manhattan’s Park Hyatt, offering custom “experiences” and spa packages, with incredible views of the city skyline.
Park Hyatt
Found two blocks from Central Park and just over the road from Carnegie Hall, a luxe stay at the Park Hyatt puts guests right in the thick of Midtown.
The Polo Bar
The Polo Bar, part of Ralph Lauren’s stable, offers a classic NYC restaurant experience, complete with cocktails – both liquid and shrimp varieties.
Baccarat Hotel
A high-end hotel with a luxurious heritage, the Baccarat Hotel is a glittering addition to the Midtown hotel scene with Parisian flair and a Spa de La Mer.
The Whitby
A second New York hotel for the Firmdale Group, The Whitby shows the group has hotel design down to an art, with luxe rooms and an in-house cinema.
Arlington Club
The Arlington Club is an Upper East Side steakhouse with lashings of old world style and a menu that tempts with far more than its prime Meyer Farm beef.
The Future Perfect
An innovative design store in Lower Manhattan, The Future Perfect is a showcase for both established and up-and-coming talent.
Juni
Chef Shaun Hergatt’s New York restaurant, Juni serves contemporary, innovative cuisine in one of the city's top Michelin star establishments.
The Loews Regency
A landmark among New York’s collection of classic hotels, The Loews Regency has enjoyed the favour of film stars, socialites and royalty over the years.
The Plaza
Found on the southern fringes of Central Park, The Plaza is arguably New York’s most iconic hotel.
Andaz Wall Street
It may be blocks from the New York Stock Exchange, but Andaz Wall Street is much too stylish to be relegated to the “business hotel” category.
Nougatine
Flatiron Lounge
Old school elegance and delicious cocktails at an old Sinatra hang-out...
Nolita
Home to some seriously stylish independent boutiques work your up Mulberry Mott and Elizabeth Streets treating yourself to a quick bite at Cafe Gitane en route. For more glamorous fare lunch at Balthazar can't be beaten.
Liberty Helicopters
Liberty Helicopters offers the most glamorous way to see the sights of New York City - from the air where you can truly see what the Big Apple has to offer.
West Village
Bleecker is the main shopping street around these parts with Marc Jacobs Cynthia Rowley and Ralph Lauren leading the pack.
The Mercer
The fact that the owner dates Uma Thurman shouldn't impress you but it should alert you to the credentials of the place.
The Royalton
One of the first boutique hotels in Manhattan the Royalton remains one of the best.
The Greenwich
Innovative and imaginative; The Greenwich is a treat for technophiles.
Flatiron & Union Square
A potter around Broadway Fifth Avenue and Union Square will yield some treasures. If it's good weather join the crowds at the Shake Shack for a snack or indulge in a languid lunch at Gramercy Tavern.
The Roxy Tribeca Grand
The exclusive Roxy Tribeca Grand's location is utterly unrivaled.
NoMad Hotel
Glamourous new boutique hotel and upscale eatery bridges the gap between Paris & New York and Chelsea & Gramercy Park.
The Peninsula
The fusion between contemporary accessories with old-world grace makes this hotel a special pick.
Locanda Verde
Stunning mains and immaculate desserts. Savour every last morsel in the warm and rustic surrounds.
Jean-Georges
Proudly the flagship of Jean-George Vongerichten's eateries the food is close to flawless.
Bar Americain
Superchef Bobby Flay's interpretation of the Brasserie is a triumph. From seafood to steaks; it is stunning.
The Benjamin
The Benjamin provides discerning New York travelers with intimacy and comfort.
The Carlyle
The Carlyle is a timeless classic a showcase of great art and a sanctuary of privacy.
B.B. King Blues
Legendary guitarist BB King's NYC live music venue can be a little 'destination' for some...
The Rose Bar
Oh so media friendly the GPH's bar is a work of art...
The Maritime Hotel
What the Maritime lacks in cutting-edge contemporary design it certainly makes up for in atmosphere.
Exhale
Luxury, contemplative chain of upmarket spas around the US...
Upper West Side
Whilst the Upper West Side is definitely the poor relation to the Upper East Side's designer charms there are a few places that are worth popping into.
Club Macanudo
Old school elegance for serious cocktails and cigars...
Murray Hill
This is where the high-octane shopping really starts - going north up Madison or Fifth Avenue will take you past a roll-call of international designers. Revive with lunch at BLT Steak.
The Muse
Personal pampering for both you and your pooch in the heart of Times Square.
The Empire Hotel
Majestic modernity, happily situated adjacent to Central Park. Guests enjoy the rooftop pool deck, bar and lounge.
Financial District & Tribeca
Whilst the Financial District and Tribeca are not renowned shopping areas many Manhattanites make the trek downtown to rummage through Century 21 for bargains Sex and the City's Carrie would kill for.
Ritz Carlton
The theme of the hotel is pure old-school luxury... but with just enough contemporary twists.

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